Ukraine: Daily Briefing – May 09, 2019, 8 PM Kyiv time

Ukraine: Daily Briefing
May 09, 2019, 8 PM Kyiv time
RCN sailors get taste of army life while on Operation Unifier. Photo courtesy of Joint Task Force-Ukraine
1. Russian Invasion of Ukraine
Ukraine’s Ministry of Defense reported at 12:30 PM Kyiv time that on May 8 one service member of the Ukrainian Armed Forces was killed in action and four service members were wounded in action. In the last 24 hours, Russia-led proxy forces opened fire 11 times on Ukrainian positions in the Luhansk and Donetsk sectors using heavy weapons twice.
According to the Ukrainian Military Intelligence one enemy soldier was killed and five were wounded yesterday as a result of returning fire by the Ukrainian Armed Forces.
2. Canada’s Foreign Minister Freeland Meets with Ukraine’s Officials
On May 8, the Honourable Chrystia Freeland, Canada’s Minister of Foreign Affairs arrived in Kyiv to meet with top officials. During her working visit to Ukraine’s capital Minister Freeland met with President-elect Volodymyr Zelenskyy, President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko, Prime Minister Volodymyr Groysman, Minister of Foreign Affairs Pavlo Klimkin and Speaker of the Verkhovna Rada [Ukraine’s parliament] Andriy Parubiy.
President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko and Minister of Foreign Affairs of Canada Chrystia Freeland
During her meeting with Ukraine’s President Poroshenko the parties discussed Moscow’s latest provocations and strengthening of sanctions against Russia in response to so-called citizenship decrees. Ukraine’s leader stressed the importance of deploying a UN peacekeeping mission to the temporarily occupied part of the Donbas, including the uncontrolled section of the state border between Ukraine and Russia and applauded Canada for introducing the Azov package of sanctions in March in coordination with the EU and the USA. The parties also discussed the release of 24 sailors and all Ukrainian hostages illegally detained by Russia. Ukraine’s Head of State recognized Canada’s important role in building the defense capabilities of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, Canada’s support in obtaining NATO Membership Action Plan for Ukraine and discussed the ways to deepen security cooperation between Kyiv and Ottawa. Minister Freeland expressed her admiration with free and democratic nature of presidential election in Ukraine.
Chrystia Freeland and Volodymyr Groysman
At the meeting with Ukraine’s Prime Minister Volodymyr Groysman Foreign Minister Freeland said that Russia’s provocative actions were a part of hybrid warfare and they would be addressed at the level of world’s leading countries including the G7 and during top international forums. She noted that Canada doesn’t recognize Russian passports issued in the occupied Crimea and could extend this practice to other occupied territories of Ukraine. Canadian diplomat has noted that the Third Ukraine Reforms Conference which will be held in July in Toronto is a great forum to discuss top issues as well as promote Ukraine’s cooperation with the whole world.
Chrystia Freeland and Andriy Parubiy
During her meeting with Andriy Parubiy, the Speaker of the Verkhovna Rada, Foreign Minister Freeland discussed the role that Canadian election monitors played in Ukraine’s presidential elections and will play again parliamentary elections later this year.
3. Kyiv Post: Lenna Koszarny Offers Advice for President-elect Zelenskiy
Lenna Koszarny. Photo from horizioncapital website
Today’s Ukrainian Voices From Abroad section of the Kyiv Post newspaper features advice from Lenna Koszarny, Founding Partner and Chief Executive Officer of Horizon Capital, to Ukraine’s President-elect Volodymyr Zelenskyy. Her perspective comes from the investor’s point of view as well as from the point of view of a person who was born in Canada, “the #1 country in the world for quality of life where Ukrainians are an integral part of the DNA that have made Canada what it is today.”
Having mentioned that Ukrainians were a “founding people of Canada, contributing to Canada for over 125 years of the 150 years that the country has existed,” she emphasized that “Ukrainians have what it takes to build a successful country and if we remove the blocks and unleash the talents, creativity, hard work and determination of Ukrainians, we will all celebrate in their success in the years to come.”
For the new president-elect she made three main recommendations in STOP-START-CONTINUE categories.
Read the full article here
4. National Post: Why are we celebrating Red Army conquests in the streets of Toronto?
Communist demonstration in Toronto. Screenshot picture
In his article in the National Post Paul Philip Willis contemplates on the reasoning and sanity behind allowing the Nazi and Soviet symbols find their way to the streets of Canadian cities during the public events especially those commemorating the fallen during the WWII. He particularly talks about the atrocities committed by the Soviet Union between 1917 and 1991 including the genocide of millions of Ukrainians in the 1932-33 Holodomor.
“For all right thinking Canadians, especially those who are descendants of the millions whom the Communist Soviets oppressed and murdered, the participation of Soviet Red Army forces in a VE Day celebration is an abhorrent charade and a gross insult to our Canadian veterans, and those from our allied democracies.”
In conclusion the author suggests that “The Swastika and the Hammer and Sickle both represent pure evil. There ought to be no place for them here.”
Read the full article here
Here is the link to the article by Marcus Kolga which offers more background information on the Soviet past.
5. Atlantic Council: Children as a Tool: How Russia Militarizes Kids in Donbas and Crimea
Picture is a screenshot from the video by Alexandr Tveskoi
In her recent article Iryna Matviyshyn talks about Russia’s continued efforts to militarize the public life of the people who live in Crimea and temporarily occupied territories of eastern Ukraine disregarding the international law. One of the tools that the Kremlin has been employing is called “patriotic education.” It is aimed at influencing the most susceptible group – children. There is a lot of evidence provided by the human rights activists and the media showcasing children who participate in the military-related events and training.
The author reminds that human rights organizations continue to gather evidence of Russia’s violations to hold it accountable in the future.
“Ukraine must consider now how it plans to reintegrate the younger generations, which are being brought up in atmosphere of hatred and hostility toward the state they were born in and which they have been largely isolated from,” concludes Matviyshyn.

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